Category: The Forum

By Doug Collins U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Georgians value justice. My father was a State Trooper for 31 years, and he helped me understand that an effective criminal justice system elevates human dignity by punishing wrongdoing, protecting victims and rehabilitating offenders. By taking this approach, our own state effected a 21 percent drop in violent crime between 2005 and 2016. State leaders, watching Georgia’s prison population more than double between 1990 and 2011, responded with meaningful changes to its justice system, including prison reform.   Some prisoners have records that scare us; they should remain safely behind bars. Others have made mistakes they can pay for and recover from. Prison reform is structured to help these individuals redeem themselves, and… View Article

Friday Facts: April 20, 2018

It’s Friday! Conservative commentators Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham educate and entertain attendees at Thursday’s Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon, “End of Discussion.” May 23: Mark your calendar! Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, keynotes a Leadership Breakfast co-hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Georgia Center for Opportunity. Details to follow! Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.” – Alexander Hamilton “The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone… View Article

Friday Facts: April 13, 2018

It’s Friday! Register to attend Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham: “End of Discussion,” April 19 Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum. The registration deadline is Tuesday (April 17) for “End of Discussion,” the Foundation’s April 19 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. This book forum features conservative journalist and commentator Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson, Political Editor of Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor, discussing their (recently updated) book, “End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free!” Registration is $60 and includes parking and the cost of the book. Authors will sign books. Information/registration here. Subscribe… View Article

Tax Season is Easier This Year

By Brandon Arnold and Benita M. Dodd Tax season is a traditionally dreadful time of year for Americans. Nobody likes having to account for how much the Internal Revenue Service is reaching into our pockets. But this year, Americans across the country and in Georgia can take a breath of relief, knowing the benefits they’ve already started to experience because of tax reform are only going to get better. The federal tax law cut rates at every level of the income ladder, and in January the tax withholding calculations were adjusted so Americans started seeing those tax cuts show up in their take-home pay. Paychecks are larger. Companies across the country have issued bonuses for their workers. People have more… View Article

Friday Facts: April 6, 2017

It’s Friday! Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Kyle Wingfield Kyle Wingfield takes the helm Monday as president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, succeeding Kelly McCutchen, who moved on in December to become executive director of HINRI, a venture philanthropy organization. Welcome Kyle on board at KyleW@georgiapolicy.org. Events April 19: Seats are filling fast for, “End of Discussion,” a Foundation noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. This book forum features conservative journalist and commentator Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson, Political Editor of Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor, discussing their (recently updated) book, “End of Discussion:… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Spring in their step: The Georgia State Capitol on the first day of spring 2018. The second half of Georgia’s biennial legislative session that ended March 31 turned out to be surprisingly more intensive than expected. Election-year sessions are typically low-key and feel-good; everybody wants to leave ASAP to begin fund-raising, which is prohibited during the session. In summary, legislation moved on transportation, taxes, education and criminal justice reform. It sputtered on health care.  And, as expected, some feel-good but unnecessary bills got through. Undoubtedly, the biggest winner under the Gold Dome was education. With higher-than-expected state revenue estimates, Governor Nathan Deal ended the state shortfall in Georgia’s complicated QBE funding for public schools, long a… View Article
The nation marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr.  on April 4, 1968. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution marked the anniversary with a week of commemorative editions and a series highlighting the changes in policy over the past half-century. In a three-day series beginning April 1, the newspaper asked, “a panel of academics and policy experts to talk about the state of race relations, social mobility and segregation 50 years since the death of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. They represent a cross-section of thought and expertise.” They are: Andra Gillespie, a political scientist and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. Her research focuses… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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